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Roger Toussaint in Jail, Shouts Still
Toussaint is now serving the first of his assigned ten days in a local jail for, truly, holding a court of law in contempt. You’ll recall the name from the great transit strike of 2005 on the isle of Manhattan. (Although it affected all five boroughs.)
Toussaint is the proselytizing race-baiter and class-splitter who convinced the Metropolitcan Transit Association employees under him to walk off the job in the coldest months of the year, leaving the underground vacant, the streets swarmed, and various degrees of chaos everywhere in the City. His crack bargaining team rejected all of the MTA’s contract proposals. The MTA’s final offer before Toussaint called a strike was unduly generous—a raw deal, really, for the City’s taxpayers—but he rejected it nonetheless. Now the man may have blood on his hands (during those few days everyone had the chance to see at least one running ambulance stuck in thronged streets) and he’s asking if the MTA will put its final offer back on the table. He’s asking from jail. The MTA has said no; that it’s off the table. As it should be.
Toussaint failed not only the employees he represents, but he turned New Yorkers against the union, botched the contract negotiations, authorized a strike pronounced illegal by law enforcement, the court, and the umbrella union, and turned some of New York’s most vulnerable onto the streets in the crook of December, and even now, even after all of that, he heads into jail shouting that the City abuses its employees. It would be more accurate to say that Roger Toussaint abuses the City and her several million denizens who just want to go to work.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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